Review: UEA Orchestra and Chorus, St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich

St Andrew's Hall: venue for the latest concert by UEA Orchestra and Chorus.

St Andrew's Hall: venue for the latest concert by UEA Orchestra and Chorus. - Credit: © ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHI

Christopher Smith enjoys the verve and vigour of the latest concert from the UEA Orchestra and Chorus.

On Saturday Tom Primrose's interpretation of Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle in St Andrew's Hall, was full of verve and vigour.

Though intended for a small ensemble in an intimate venue, the work lost nothing in a larger setting, and the 160 voices of the UEA Choir enjoyed its operatic drama and emotions. So did the four fine young soloists, though they were more impressive individually than when singing together.

Dan D'Souza (bass) and Adam Temple-Smith (tenor) were resonant and thrillingly bold, while Clare Presland used her contralto register well to bring involvement to the Agnus Dei. Bright-toned and flexible, soprano Jenny Stafford was impressive too, except in Rossini's superficial treatment of the communion hymn.

Two pianos, played by Peter Foggitt and George Inscoe, provided unusual accompaniment with William Falconer at the harmonium adding support and some instrumental colour. Everything came together in an enterprising and enjoyable performance.

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